The Count consumes life. Poisons love. Corrupts creation.
Yet the power of Christ compels us to defeat Dracula with God, guns, and a little paperwork.
Join us starting Monday, Oct. 3 for our next Lorehaven Guild book quest into Bram Stoker’s haunted masterpiece. It’s better than any of its movie versions and shocking in its spiritual warfare. And just this year, it’s been winning thousands of new fans.1
And unlike the infamous count’s castle, you can come and go from the Guild whenever you like.
Book Quest guidance: Dracula
- Author: Bram Stoker
- Quest Guide: E. Stephen Burnett
- Genre: Horror
- Skill level: Age 15 and older
- Oct. 3–9: chapters 1–7
- Oct. 10–16: chapters 8–14
- Oct. 17–23: chapters 15–22
- Oct. 24–31: chapters 23–27, plus Note
Count the top 10 reasons to read Dracula
What if you’ve never read Dracula? Maybe you’re not certain about the darkness. Or maybe you’ve only seen the movies that often subvert the book.2 You might also wonder if Christians can engage the darkness of horror stories. If that’s you, behold these top ten truths:
- Christian themes. Bram Stoker’s personal faith confession is at best Irish-Protestant, yet the novel is full of gospel truth.
- Total depravity. Count Dracula himself is an absolutely wicked predator, leaving no room for empathizing with his evil.
- Christ’s power. Yes, this is a dark story, yet many Dracula readers see how this darkness can’t overcome our Savior.
- Historic realism. Stoker’s late-19th-century setting and “found footage” makes the novel feel even more grounded today.
- Modern meaning. If you’ve confronted power-abuse (or even sexual abuse) in real life, Dracula helps you imagine its defeat.
- Great women. You (like many Dracula Daily readers) might fall in love with truly good people-turned-victims, like Lucy Westenra.
- Solid relationships. Jonathan and Mina Harker’s shared loving care alone presents one of the best marriages in classic fiction.
- Earnest heroes. You’ll find worthy allies among Dr. John Seward, Arthur Holmwood, Quincey Morris, and Dr. Abraham Van Helsing.
- Genuine suspense. Like the best villains, Dracula lurks in the shadows; you often can’t see him, only discover his wicked works.
- Fantastically useful. This story can literally help your struggle to fight sin, both within yourself and from perversion in the world.
Explore more with these Lorehaven resources:
- “Horror Reveals Human Sin in the Dark,” Mike Duran, summer 2018
- “Don’t Let Halloween Flippancy Distract You From Real Horrors and Promises,” E. Stephen Burnett, Oct. 28, 2021
- Fantastical Truth ep. 39: How Might Bram Stoker’s Novel ‘Dracula’ Cast Light Against Modern Vampires? | with Geoffrey Reiter
About the Lorehaven Guild
The Lorehaven Guild serves a community of heroes who gather to celebrate Christian-made fantastical fiction with delight and discernment. These stories include (but are not limited to) fantasy, science fiction, and beyond.
Heroes of the Guild will explore their favorite creative works in these genres. We will focus on Christian-made stories, yet occasionally include general market books.
Guild heroes can join monthly Main Quest parties that travel into the fantastical worlds of new books. We will explore these stories’ beauty, goodness, and truth (and opposites!), applying their meanings to the real world of our ultimate Author.
Heroes can also join occasional Side Quest parties that travel into other books, such as older Christian-made stories or general market novels.
How to join the Lorehaven Guild
Subscribe free to Lorehaven! We’ll send you the exclusive invitation link.
If you’re already subscribed, search your existing email for that link.
Then, use the Discord app or your browser to enter the Lorehaven Guild. Once inside the Guild, you can browse the Lorehaven Sacred Scrolls faith statement (this one only applies to Lorehaven staff creators). Then you’ll sign off on the Code of Honor (this one applies to all Guild members). Once you finish, enter the Great Hall and pass into the Guild itself.
- The popular Dracula Daily e-newsletter has “remixed” the public-domain novel, releasing portions on the same dates recorded by Dracula‘s characters. ↩
- See “Which Dracula Film is Most Faithful to the Book?” on YouTube. The creator James “Angry Video Game Nerd” Rolfe shares a detailed overview of Dracula movies’ deviations from the book. Some of these changes weaken the novel’s heroes and their righteousness. Some movies even show Dracula as an empathetic villain, such as the Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula. ↩